Did you know that Riverview First United Methodist Church was the first Methodist congregation in all of Hillsborough County, and that 2021 marks the 175th year that our church has been operating in one Riverview location or another? We look forward to continuing to serve our community’s spiritual needs through worship, bible study, and small groups both at the church and in the surrounding community. And we are happy to serve our communities food needs through our partnerships with the US Department of Agriculture, ECHO, Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding Tampa Bay, South Shore United Methodist Church, the Rice Creek Chapel Service, and other supporters too numerous to mention.

We continue to provide precautions against COVID-19.  We offer social distancing, require masks and temperature checks for those entering the sanctuary and the fellowship hall, and provide hand sanitizer and individual communion supplies.  We welcome all those who seek a Sunday worship experience to our early morning service at 8:00 AM, our adult Gleaners Sunday School at 9:00 AM, and/or our regular Sunday Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM.

If you are like many of us, the worship of our God is an important and regular part of your life. RUMC wants to be here for you both today and in the future. We hope to see you soon in person.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee has recently announced that our pastor, the Rev. Louis Telcy, will continue to be the appointment of our senior minister at RUMC for the 2021-2022 year. This will mark the third year that Pastor Telcy has served our church. During that time, what a blessing the Telcy family has been to our congregation!

We want to thank Muriel and Russ Harris for taking on the job of for creating a banner celebrating the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Riverview First United Methodist Church. In 1846, Leslie Chapel was begun across the Alafia River in the village of Peru, Florida, and RUMC has been at its current location for more than 100 years. We will display the banner at the Florida United Methodist Annual Conference later this month.

The church wants to remind everyone that the COVID-19 epidemic is not yet over. It is imperative that everyone wear a face covering upon entering the sanctuary. We still want to take every precaution so that everyone can feel safe while working or attending services or classes in the sanctuary, the church office, or fellowship hall.

The trustees are planning to begin repainting the building perhaps as soon as the end of May. They are currently evaluating a number of paint samples to determine the best color to paint the various campus buildings. Samples are available for examination in foyer of the sanctuary. Let the trustees know if you have a preferred color choice.

The Metropolitan Ministry Partnership team needs volunteers to help serve luncheon from 10:15 AM until noon on Tuesday mornings. Connie wants you to know that there is no contact with the public, as the hot lunches are placed into take out containers and left for the diners. If you are available just one day each month, it would be a great help. Let Connie know at (813) 766-7104 if you can assist.

We are continuing an in-person study on Billy Graham’s book entitled The Holy Spirit. We are meeting on Wednesday mornings from 10 am until 11:30 AM in Crichton Hall. Contact Margo Holliday for more details. Face coverings are required of all attendees.

Speaking of the trustees, their next meeting is this coming Tuesday, May 4th at 7:00 PM. A number of issues are on the agenda, including upcoming building usage events, ongoing repairs to the youth building, and upcoming painting and improvement projects. The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, and it will be held online on Zoom. If you are interested in attending, let Mike know at mplett@ix.netcom.com, and he will send you an invitation.

Likewise, the entire Church Council will meet the following Tuesday evening, May 11th, again at 7:00 PM and again via Zoom.

Our “Virtual Church” Continues
If you still don’t feel confident is these days of pandemic, we are currently Live Streaming our 10:30 AM Sunday worship service every week. You can see worship as it is actually happening by connecting to our YouTube Channel "RUMC Live".

We continue to gather virtually using the ZOOM application on our computers or smart phones. We are using ZOOM to conduct many of our scheduled leadership meetings, and a weekly Wednesday Evening Bible Study on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

On the website, as always, you will also see a link that will allow you to send in your tithes and offerings electronically; if you prefer to send your tithes and offerings by mail, please send them to:

Riverview First United Methodist Church
8002 U. S. Highway 301 South
Riverview, FL 33578

Remember–God loves you, and so do we!

Pastor Louis Telcy
Care Committee
Worship Committee
Online Giving at RUMC

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

If you a first time online​ giver, this link provides instructions that you might find helpful.

Rev. Louis Telcy, Pastor

Here at RUMC, it is our mission to win people to Jesus Christ; to train believers to become growing disciples; and, to send disciples to impact our community and world for Jesus Christ.

Morning Service 8:00 AM Fellowship Hall
Main Service 10:30 AM Sanctuary
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8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
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May 2, 2021 
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 Bible Passage of the Week
The True Vine
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already trimmed because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch can’t produce fruit by itself but must remain in the vine. Likewise, you can’t produce fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, then you will produce much fruit. Without me, you can’t do anything. If you don’t remain in me, you will be like a branch that is thrown out and dries up. Those branches are gathered up, thrown into a fire, and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified when you produce much fruit and in this way prove that you are my disciples.”

John 15:1-8 (CEB)

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, May 4. Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM, via Zoom.
Tuesday, May 11. Church Council Meeting, 7:00 PM, via Zoom